NY Attorney General orders Jim Bakker to cease and desist hawking his bogus coronavirus cures

Televangelist Jim Bakker and his much-touted “Silver Solution” are in hot water with New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office sent him a cease and desist order telling him to quit “making misleading claims regarding the Silver Solution’s effectiveness.” Bakker was also ordered to add a disclaimer to the solution, Right Wing Watch reports.

The letter reads, in part:

“The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) poses serious consequences to public health, and consumers are concerned as to how they can best protect themselves and their families. Your show’s segment may mislead as to the effectiveness of the Silver Solution product in protecting against the current outbreak. The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has noted there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat this disease. Therefore any representation on the Jim Bakker Show that its Silver Solution products are effective at combatting and/or treating the 2019 novel coronavirus violates New York law.”

The letter also ordered Bakker to stop making the misleading claims because they violate at least two of New York’s consumer protection statutes. These statutes “prohibit fraudulent and deceptive business practices and false advertising.”

Along with attaching a disclaimer to this product, Bakker was also ordered to contact the Attorney General’s office to confirm “that the Jim Bakker Show has so complied.” It also warned that further action, including a $5,000 fine may follow if the actions above aren’t taken.

Megan Hamilton

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